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Join Occupy the SEC in Urging the Congress to Oppose H.R. 4002 ("Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015")

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PETITION TO OPPOSE H.R. 4002 (?Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015?)

As your constituent, I am requesting that you OPPOSE H.R. 4002 (?The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015?).

Congress is currently considering several bills that would overhaul and improve our criminal justice system by reducing mandatory minimum sentences and promoting rehabilitation instead of punishment. The push for criminal justice reform enjoys both bipartisan support and popular support among the American populace.

Unfortunately, the Koch Brothers and their cronies are trying to latch onto this momentum for their own purposes. The House is currently considering the Koch-backed H.R. 4002 (sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI-5]), a bill that which would serve as a ?Get Out of Jail Free? card for white collar criminals.

The bill would require federal prosecutors to prove that a white collar defendant acted with ?intent? in cases where federal law does not currently specify a required mental state. This means that white collar criminals would be able to evade punishment for a host of crimes, EVEN IF they acted with negligence, gross negligence, or recklessness.

Federal prosecutors already face grave difficulty is proving ?intent? for corporate misdeeds because culpable criminal conduct is often hidden deep within the corporate veil, underneath layers of management, boards and bureaucracy. The Great Recession of 2008 is a telling example of federal prosecutors' inability to punish corporate wrongdoing. Malfeasance on Wall Street produced a financial crisis that extinguished nearly 40% of family wealth from 2007 to 2010, pushing the household net worth back to 1992 levels. Despite these appalling statistics, not even ONE executive at a major Wall Street bank was criminally charged for playing a role in the 2008 global financial collapse. Everyday Americans were forced to pay the price for rampant speculation, mismanagement and fraud on Wall Street.

H.R. 4002 would make it even more difficult for prosecutors to punish white collar crime. And criminals would be emboldened to take further advantage of shareholders, employees, consumers, and the public.

Even the Department of Justice, which has been notoriously lax in prosecuting white collar criminals, has lambasted H.R. 4002, observing that the bill would weaken countless federal statutes that currently protect the public from dangers like unsafe food and medicine.

We need you to stand in favor of the American people not corporate America. Please oppose H.R. 4002.
Public Comments
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Buford, GA signed.
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Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Camano Island, WA writes:
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I'll wholeheartedly and gladly sign this petition. It is time to stop these criminals!
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Camano Island, WA signed.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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Already we have too big to prosecute entities. We do not need to add "Too difficult to prosecute" to the list. It is almost impossible to prove intent in a corporate environment that is designed to shield people from liability. Passing this would free corporate executives from any liability from the risks they take in their drive for wealth. That is unacceptable.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Brattleboro, VT writes:
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Evildoers naturally mask their intent, they're really good at it, and got away with $6 triln in predatory lending, plus $30 triln in bailouts. And now we're going to require proof of intent to convict?
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Poughkeepsie, NY writes:
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Haven't they gotten away with enough already? It's time to stop protecting the rich.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Frazier Park, CA writes:
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Another idea out of Wisconsin, that stinks.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from San Jacinto, CA writes:
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Picture being systematic financially robbed of everything you worked for in life while the offenders point and laugh. All the law says is, " Sorry for your loss, there's nothing we can do." You're now too old to start over. Each time theses bills get approved this story-line becomes a recurring reality. Are you too old to start over?
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Burlington, VT signed.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Pittsburgh, PA writes:
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Kudos for your facility with Orwellian Doublespeak in titling the law an "improvement"! But no one in the 90% believe anything other than that the "improvements" are intended to aid the financial jackals/parasites/destroyers of the economy of the 10%. Thanks too for the hilarious image you have inspired of small rodents scurrying about and jockeying for position to be top Congressional sycophant to the Money Men! Regards, Distain and Best Wishes for your Upcoming Election Loss, Hope Larkin-Begley
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Villas, NJ writes:
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If we reward bad behavior, we will get more bad behavior.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Hereford, AZ writes:
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This sort of thing seems ubiquitous and outrageous.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Pittsburgh, PA writes:
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Love your Doublespeakian ,Orwellian Law name (!) but no one in the 90% believes your intention is anything but "improvement" for the financial jackals/paracites of the other 10%. Thanks for the hilarious image of Congress scurrying about and jockeying for schophantic position trying to please their true masters! Regards, and Best Wishes for your upcoming election defeat, Hope
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Quemado, NM writes:
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I strongly oppose H.R. 4002. Many of us victims are STILL paying the price every single day for the greed on Wall Street by PEOPLE who chose to ignore the laws while stealing our homes so they could gain even further wealth. Enough is enough! We victims are still wanting a stronger Justice Dept who will prosecute for these crimes against the American people. Justice for ALL. This bill would go even further in the opposite direction & I, as a citizen, strongly oppose it.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Forest Hills, NY writes:
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I've been reporting on white collar crime since 1999. It's already easier for fraudsters to avoid federal prosecution than under state law. Please don't make our health, safety and financial security even more precarious. Thank you.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Chula Vista, CA writes:
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Gosh Almighty! The parasitic Koch suckers have taken three strikes victims hostage! What unmitigated chutzpah! My heart goes out to you who have been unjustly incarcerated under the draconian three strikes law, I'm sorry you'll have to wait a while longer until we find a way of righting the wrong that was done to you which also doesn't allow the real criminals to escape prosecution.
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